The queue is the brain of Stage Traxx. It controls the playback order. Please don't confuse the queue with a playlist. A playlist is a collection of songs you prepare before a gig and it is relatively fixed. The queue is a living thing. You add and remove songs, change the order on the fly and can decide which songs should play without pause. If you load a playlist into the queue, changes to the queue will not affect your playlist.
Here you can see a queue with 5 entries:
If the queue contains at least one song, the mini player is displayed at the bottom of the screen throughout the app except in modal dialogs.
Advanced Queue Mode
This is a switch found in the setting that switches between two operation modes of Stage Traxx. If it is off, Stage Traxx behaves like most other audio players. You tap on a song in a playlist and it will be loaded into the player and if you double tap on a song, playback will start. Playback will continue with the rest of the playlist. If you select another song while playback is running, it will be armed as the next song to play and after that playback will continue in the playlist from that position. You don't need to worry about the queue in this mode.
If you enable the advanced queue mode, then the queue management is in your hands. You need to explicitly add songs to the queue and you are also responsible for changing the playback order in the queue. In this case, please read the rest of this chapter.
Add Songs to the Queue
A song can be added to the queue from the History, Playlist Contents and Songs views by tapping on it. This will either add it on top or bottom of the queue depending on what setting you prefer. Let's say you have selected the bottom position as the default position for adding songs to the queue. The alternate add position is available by swiping to song to the right:
You can enable a double tap option to prevent involuntary additions to the queue.
Hands Free Operation
You can use bluetooth pedals to add songs to the queue. Go to Settings and select Assign Actions. Now make sure you have the following actions assigned:
You can now select a cell with the Move Selection Up or Move Selection Down pedals. The selected cell is displayed with a grey background. When you want to add a song to the queue press the Trigger Selected Song pedal:
Remove Songs from the Queue
The queue can be emptied with a tap on Clear in the navigation bar. You can remove a single song from the queue by swiping it to the left and tapping on the trashcan icon:
Reordering the Queue
Stage Traxx makes it easy to change the playback order on the fly. There are multiple ways to change the position of a song.
During playback the first song in the queue is locked. You can not move it to another position and you can not move another song into its position.
Drag & Drop
The most obvious is to drag and drop a song to a new position. Touch a song until it you see a small zoom effect, then drag it to the target position a release it:
You can swipe a song to the right to reveal a context menu with up and down arrows. By tapping on one of the arrows, you can tap on one of the arrows to move the song to the top or bottom of the queue:
If playback is running and you press the up arrow, the song will be placed in the NEXT position.
A quick shortcut to move a song to the top of the queue is to double tap on it.
If you double tap an the first song in the queue and playback is not running, it will move that song to the end of the queue. This is a shortcut to skip a song.
If you use pedals as described in Hands Free Operation then using the Trigger Selected Song pedal will move a song to the top of the queue.
You can automatically sort the queue by tapping on in the navigation bar. Now choose one of the following options:
- Sort A to Z
- Sort Z to A
Normally Stage Traxx will stop playback after each song. In some cases it might be useful to play through the queue without stopping after a song. This is the purpose of Autoplay. When autoplay is enabled for the queue, all songs will play without stopping. This is visually displayed with a grey down arrow on the right side of the song cell:
Instead of enabling autoplay for the whole queue you can also enable autoplay for single songs. If a song with autoplay enabled finishes playing, playback will continue with the next song without stopping. Enabling autoplay for a specific song is done by swiping to the left and tapping on Autoplay:
Edit Song Details
If playback is stopped, you can tap on to open the Edit Song Screen.
It is not possible to edit song details within the big player.